February 2, 2009 (updated February 19, 2009)
RE: Federal Stimulus Package
NJ Local Needs Survey Results
As we reported in our January 16 letter to you, the Federal stimulus bill WILL NOT include earmarks. Accordingly, there will be no assurances of funding for specific projects coming from Washington. Instead, the bulk of the infrastructure funding money will go to the state. Your response to our survey, therefore, does NOT constitute an application for funding. Members of Governor Corzine’s cabinet and staff are aware of our survey and have been monitoring your responses. They will, therefore, be aware of local needs when funding arrives in Trenton.
We thank those of you who responded to our request for information. The project lists that you provided (www.njslom.org/stimulus-package.pdf) have been forwarded to Senators Menendez and Lautenberg and to all of our New Jersey Members of the House of Representatives. They will use the information to promote our interests, as the bill makes its way through Congress.
We also want to thank Assemblyman David Russo of the 40th Legislative District for his support. After reading about our survey, Assemblyman Russo consulted the projects list on our website and wrote personal letters to Senators Lautenberg and Menendez and to Congressman Garrett, highlighting the needs of municipalities in his district. We will be contacting the other members of our State Legislature and asking them to do the same for their districts’ communities.
At this point, over 192 municipalities have listed locally needed projects, the cost of which would total over $1.8 Billion.
Our thanks to all of you. We will do our best to keep you posted on important stimulus package developments.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.